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Environmental Protection PG Dip/ BSc

Course Description

This flexible distance learning course is designed to meet the needs of practitioners within the environmental sector who wish to
achieve an academic qualification. You will study specially written distance learning materials supported by tutors with real-world
practical experience. You can start the course at three different times during the year.

•It is managed by a specialist department in the faculty with over 15 years’ experience of supporting distance learning students
•Our excellent pass rate is largely attributed to the student support we offer and the way in which the course is scheduled and delivered with the target audience in mind
•Opportunity to study a degree or diploma level, depending on your academic/ professional experience
•A tutor with real-world practical experience is available to contact, providing friendly help and guidance through your studies
•Distance learning offers flexibility, in terms of when and how you can study. You will receive materials on CD-ROM with access to Blackboard, our virtual learning environment
•You will have the opportunity to network with other practitioners at the tutorial days
•Successful students can top-up to the Environmental Quality Management MSc on completion of the course

Course modules:

The course recognises the need for an integrated approach to pollution control. It acknowledges the links between pollution of air, water and land, and proposes that an integrated approach minimises damage to the environment. The mode of delivery is studentcentred distance learning, with regular tutorial days, allowing access to professional training while in full-time employment.

The course begins by establishing fundamental knowledge of water and air quality and the associated techniques of pollution control. It continues by providing fundamental knowledge of waste management and associated techniques, and concludes with integrated pollution prevention control and investigating how the three major pollution areas affect each other.

This course focuses on UK and European legislation and techniques suitable for a temperate climate. Four core modules are studied, each one is worth 30 credits. These are:

•Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC)

The course concludes with a project (60 credits), which is an opportunity to engage in a critical reflection on an area of policy or practice. Recent topics include; compliance with environmental legislation when working in and around water courses
during utility industry construction, installing a grey water recycling system, an investigation into the impact of new statistical guidance for contaminated land assessment, and a framework for modernising legislation affecting waste management on the Isle of Man.

Teaching and Assessment:

You are encouraged to attend an induction session at the start of the course – these days allow you to meet key members of staff and familiarise yourself with studying by distance learning. The course operates on a rolling, modular basis and you join when a new module commences. The majority of the course material is delivered via distance learning modules.

Each module is based on a 15 week study timetable, although you can extend the study block to allow flexibility within a fixed framework. You are actively encouraged to attend day tutorials for the Air, Water, Waste and IPPC modules. The course is assessed through the completion of post-tests and assignments at the end of each module. You will also complete a practical project and undertake an oral exam.


Practitioners are employed as tutors for the various modules, ensuring that you receive a blend of theory and practical real world experience that is directly applicable to the working environment.

The course is managed by the Postgraduate and Continued Professional Development (CPD) Office, a specialist department with over 15 years’ experience of supporting distance learning students.

Graduate careers:

This course produces people who can recognise and respond to increasing environmental performance requirements within
industry and regulatory authorities. Graduates are typically employed in diverse roles within local authorities such as environmental health technician, assistant pollution control officer, network operations manager and water byelaws adviser.
Upon completion successful of the Diploma, you can study a top-up route on the Environmental Quality Management MSc.

"My studies at DMU opened more doors of opportunity than I have time to possibly enter. My dissertation outlined certain serious domestic environment-related problems needing to be addressed and, consequently, both my dissertation and its implementation strategy have attracted the interest of national corporate bodies and local authorities."

Brian Leary, Graduate

Visit the Environmental Protection PG Dip/ BSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2012 entry, please visit our website2013 entry:•Professionals with relevant experience who wish to add an academic qualification to their portfolio – please contact us to discuss non-standard entry qualifications •A minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree in Science, Technology or Environmental Health from a recognised university or similar institution•You are expected to have access to a computer with internet access, a DVD drive and a printer •For those who do not have a professional qualification, the BSc route provides the opportunity to begin your studies.

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